Rare sex disease could become next superbug, doctors warn

Per the BBC, health officials in the United Kingdom have set new guidelines regarding the bacterial infection Mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, out of fear improper treatment could lead to antibiotic resistance.

MG bacteria can spread through unprotected sex with someone infected by it and can be prevented by using condoms.

Cash-strapped NHS services are misdiagnosing the MG infection because of a lack of testing kits which cost just £4 ($5.30) each, reports Mirror UK.

The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV is launching new advice.

Bad cases can cause painful inflammation for men, but can be more serious for women - potentially causing womb scarring that leave them infertile.

Because symptoms of M. genitalium can resemble those of chlamydia, a more common STI, patients with M. genitalium are often treated with antibiotics for chlamydia, according to CNN. Even if you have a regular partner, it's best to get tested at least once a year.

About a month into the relationship, he developed infection in the urethra and after a few weeks, he and his partner were tested positive.

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It's unclear exactly how many in the U.S. have been infected with MG.

Paddy Horner, of BASHH, said last night: "MG has the potential to become a superbug within a decade, resistant to standard antibiotics".

"I am now certain it has returned and I am awaiting further test results".

"It's yet another good reason to pack the condoms for the summer holidays - and actually use them".

"Resources are urgently needed to ensure that diagnostic and antimicrobial resistance testing is available for women with the condition who are at high risk of infertility".

The most recent figures from Public Health England show that diagnoses of syphilis are at their highest level for almost 70 years, with 7,137 cases in 2017, a 20 per cent rise on the previous year, and more than twice that recorded in 2012.

Dr Helen Fifer, consultant microbiologist at Public Health England, welcomed the guidelines, adding: "If you have symptoms of an STI, we recommend you get tested at your local sexual health clinic". This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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